• Cool statistics on America

    I’ve got nothing to add to this from Sullivan:

    The American Human Development Project has created an incredible interactive map showing health, education, and income state by state.

    (Hat tip: Reihan)

    Go check it out.

    • I have often wondered if the red state model of lower taxes, less investment in education and less investment in health care is sustainable when it comes to long term international economic competition. Of course, on the flip side, overpaying for those services without a good ROI is not really sustainable either.


    • It’s always amusing to hear someone criticize a “Red State”, because they always point out political philosophy (low taxes) and never, ever, under any circumstance call them “The Place Where the Highest Percentage of Blacks Live States.”

      The performance of “Red States” is first and foremost an issue of demographics. Washington State v Mississippi. Do you think the issue is political philosophy?

    • @Richard- What I am interested in is the low tax, low investment model. Perhaps I am wrong to use the red state label, so I will withdraw that. (It’s hard to give up that red state vs blue state thing but I am trying.) Clearly many states with the blue label are also low tax states, like New Hampshire, but I know little about how they divide up that spending and what they get for it. My larger concern is that absent adequate investment in education and health care, do we remain competitive on an international basis? What would happen if every state followed that model? As I note above, inadequate ROI is also concerning and may be our larger problem. (Interesting that Taxachusetts is more towards the middle.)



    • I wish we’d retire the term “Taxachusetts.” Since tax reforms in the early 1980s, Massachusetts has been in the middle of the pack among states in terms of its tax burden, and at the low end among densely populated states. The tax burden is far lower in Massachusetts than in New York or New Jersey, among others.

      The state’s tax burden is below average, yet it offers higher quality public services, as Josh Barro has argued:


      Massachusetts is a low tax, high investment state — high investment because of the relative cost effectiveness of its educational system. Unfortunately, the state’s health reform might undo some of the post-1980 gains.

    • @Richard: there’s an excellent reason why knowledgeable people do NOT refer to “Red States” as “Places Where the Highest Percentage of Blacks Live States” – because it’s not true.

      Using the percentage of Obama’s margin as a proxy for blue/red (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_election,_2008#State_results), and the African American Population % (from the web site this post links to), one can observe:

      Among places with highest percentage of blacks, some very “blue” places:
      DC has both highest % black (52.8) and highest margin for Obama (85.9%)
      Maryland has 5th % black (28.5) and 7th highest margin (25.4)
      Delaware has 9th % black (20.2) and 9th highest margin (25.0)
      New York and Illinois are 5th and 8th in Obama margin (both over 25%) and in the top 15 in % black (about 14%)

      Meanwhile, the “reddest” states have very low percentages of blacks: among places where Obama lost by the biggest margins:
      Wyoming, with Obama’s worst margin (-32.2) is 9th lowest % black (1.0)
      Utah, 3rd worst margin (-28.0) is 8th lowest % black (1.0)
      Idaho, 4th worst margin (-25.3) is 2nd lowest % black (.5)

    • How does DC and New York end up higher than Utah And North Dakota?

    • LOL – MA is indeed still Taxxachusetts. The Short Term Capital Gains Rate is 12% and that’s from 1st dollar earned! This is the highest (by a good margin) of any state in the US.